When commissioned by Nan Giordano to create a new work for her company, Kiesha Lalama took inspiration from the dancers—including some new faces like Devin Buchanan, fresh off performing with Alvin Ailey in New York. Lalama likes to choreograph with the performers in mind, and this piece, entitled “Alegria” (“joy” in Spanish), capitalizes on the individual athletic talents of the ten company members in series of trios and duets. Autumn Eckman, Giordano’s Artistic Associate, has a world premiere on the program as well—a duet originally commissioned to be a video-recorded model for visual artists in Michigan, reconceived for performance on the Harris stage. Restagings of five pieces from the Giordano rep round out the program, including “BeingOne” by Davis Robertson, selected by the dancers themselves as a company favorite. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. October 21-22 at 8pm. $15-$60.